A 26-year-old Rwandan national in Dowa has been convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of K100,000 or in default serve nine months imprisonment with hard labour for possessing Chamba.
Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Joseph Banda, told the court that the convict Isaac Byamungu was arrested on August 2 2022 at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa District after being found in possession of the drug.
Police say that the convict besides being found in possession of Chamba was also selling the illicit drug to other people within Dzaleka Refugee Camp.
Appearing before the court, the convict pleaded guilty to a charge of being found in possession of Cannabis Sativa contrary to Section 4 of the Dangerous Drug Act.
In mitigation, he asked the court for leniency, saying he is a first offender.
However, in his submission, police prosecutor Sergeant Banda asked the court to mete out stiff punishment to the offender to act as a deterrent to others with similar intentions.
Dowa Police Station Publicist, Sub Inspector Gladson M’bumpha, said First Grade Magistrate, Robert Botha, concurred with the police prosecutor and sentenced the offender to pay a fine of K100,000.00 or in default serve 9 months imprisonment with hard labour.
Isaac Byamungu comes from Rwanda, currently, he is a resident in Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa District.